The Last Waltz 45th Anniversary Restoration

This Film Should Be Played Loud
  • a man playing a guitar
  • five men playing music
  • a man singing into a microphone


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Sep 9, 2023 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Sep 14, 2023 6:45 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Sep 17, 2023 4:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Sep 18, 2023 4:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Martin Scorsese


We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Robbie Robertson, often referred to as the engine that drove The Band to greater and greater heights. In honour of his legacy, we invite you to enjoy his brilliance with The Last Waltz 45th anniversary restoration, opening Saturday September 9.

More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, The Last Waltz is at once an ecstatic and elegiac summation of a vital era in American rock music. Invited to capture the farewell performance of legendary group The Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving of 1976, Martin Scorsese conceived a new kind of music documentary. Enlisting production designer Boris Leven to design the strikingly theatrical sets and seven camera operators (including director of photography Michael Chapman and renowned cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond and László Kovács), Scorsese created a grandly immersive experience that brings viewers onstage and inside the music itself. That music—as performed by The Band and a host of other generation-defining artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young—lives on as an almost spiritual expression of the transcendent possibilities of rock and roll. Relive the era-defining moment with this glorious new restoration.

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